LOUDON, N.H. (WWLP) – A Sprint Cup Pole for Kyle Busch. A Modified All-Star win for Ryan Newman. Jesse Little’s first career victory in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. NASCAR weekend got down to business in a big way at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
There was no shortage of twists, turns, and surprises. Jesse Little went from 3rd place car to winner on the last lap of the Granite State 100. In the final turn leader Nick Drake tangled with Brandon Jones and Little inherited the lead. Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. was 2nd, his best finish at the Magic Mile since winning 3 of 4 races from 2008-2009. Cale Conley was 3rd, Jay Beasley 4th, and Chad Finley took 5th.
Former NASCAR Cup Driver Chad Little was not able to see son Jesse’s 1st win, as he was at Iowa Speedway. Little is Director of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and that race was scheduled for 8:30pm. However the win was still extra special for the Little family as this was Donna Little’s birthday, Jesse’s mom.
Kyle Busch earned the NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at NHMS for the 2nd time in his career. Busch set a new qualifying record at the Magic Mile. He was 1 of 11 drivers to break Ryan Newman’s former track record set last September. Eddie MacDonald qualified 40th of 43 cars in the #32 Go FAS Ford for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301.
Ryan Newman used a slingshot pass on Justin Bonsignore to win the inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout modified race. Bonsignore was 2nd followed by Mike Stefanik, Ron Silk, and Bobby Santos. Newman likely delivered a message to the field for Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco 100.